COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.


Update: External restrooms and water fountains will reopen on Monday, June 1.


Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 10 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person.


Measures to limiting the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.  


The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least June 30: 


·        Playgrounds and park centers are closed.

·        Park programs and events are canceled.  

·        Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.  

·        Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are canceled.


In the meantime, be sure to check out our digital programming at 

Upcoming Races and Events:

Water for the People 5K
Saturday, Aug. 29
7 a.m.–noon 
There will over 300 runners associated with this event. Race is based out of the White Oak Church Parking Lot. Please plan to avoid this high-traffic area on this date. 
RDC Marathon
Sunday, Nov. 8
There will be over 1,000 runners on the trail during this race.